I’m sure I am not the only supporter to wonder why the once steady trickle of young players graduating from our youth set up seems to have dried up. And I’m also sure that, like me, others are speculating as to what might be the reason and what, if anything, we can do about it.
The Hammers will fall just short of a 100 year tenure at the iconic Upton Park Stadium when they move into the equally iconic Olympic Stadium in three seasons’ time.
It's no surprise that Alan Pardew and Roberto Martinez have pointed it out, given that it's their players who have been subject to constant transfer speculation. But they are absolutely right. It is a total shambles that the transfer window shuts on September 2,after three Premier League matches have already been played.
I like our owners a lot. They have invested loads in the club,without which it would have likely gone into administration or bankrupt.
Hammers fans will hardly be fooled by the cynical attempt by Stoke City to reinvent themselves as a less Orc-like outfit. Cautious Bubbles will be wearing their specially-designed flak jackets and anti-aircraft shields as the pugnacious Potters arrive in search of Premier League points, and failing that just a good on-pitch rumble.
With many believing Ravel Morrison will inevitably end up heading the way of so many talented English footballers who throw away their massive potential, the young West Ham midfielder will be going into this season knowing how important it is to his career.
As the sand slowly runs out of the timer counting down the days to West Ham’s first game of 2013/14 it is not just the East End that is filling with excitement.
As the transfer window closure looms ever closer the pressure upon West Ham to find a striking back-up for Andy ‘injury-prone’ Carroll has intensified to breaking point.
Many of us will tell you that the reason we have not been able to get another striker is that nobody wants to warm the bench for Andy Carroll. They ‘ll say that this was the case with Bony and Lukaku. And to a certain extent,this is true.
I think it was the reactions on the various Manchester United fan sites that got my attention.